UBC Life Sciences Joint Seminar Series

UBC Life Sciences

Joint Seminar Series

This new initiative is a partnership between the LSI, our three resident departments – Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Cellular and Physiological Sciences – as well as our close collaborators, the Department of Zoology, and the Faculty of Dentistry. Together, our aim is to present a series of highly compelling and transdisciplinary seminars by world-class researchers. Join us in welcoming our fascinating lineup of speakers, and stay afterwards to socialize in the West Atrium!

September 2022

September 16, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 Via Zoom | 

“Adapting an evolutionary model organism for host-microbe studies”

Dr. Kat McMillan-McClellan
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Connecticut

Hosted by Dr. Carolina Tropini

Registration Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YrcuyqqT0sHNy9GZBcZc_uAF_PDKPx4K0B 


“Innate immunity in bats: what can we learn to combat future pandemics”

Dr. Karen Mossman
Professor and Vice President Research
Department of Medicine
McMaster University

Hosted by Dr. Ninan Abraham

October 2022

October 7, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Using cryoEM to reveal sites of vulnerability for viral entry”

Dr. Matthew McCallum
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Veesler lab
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Washington

Hosted by Dr. Natalie Strynadka

October 14, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 | 

“The Silent Genomes Project”

Dr. Nadine Caron
Northern Medical Program
University of Northern British Columbia

Hosted by Dr. Lindsay Rogers, Assistant Professor of Teaching, UBC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

October 28, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Investigating the heterogeneity of ribosomal dynamics and structures”

Dr. Khanh Dao Duc
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Associate member of the Departments of Computer Science and Zoology
University of British Columbia

Hosted by Dr. Mark Cembrowski

November 2022

November 10, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC2 |

“Mechanisms of membrane protein quality control”

Dr. Susan Shao
Associate Professor of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School
Harvard University

Hosted by Dr. Hilla Weidberg

November 25, 2022 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Hitting a moving target: how understanding HIV reservoir dynamics can help advance HIV cure research”

Dr. Zabrina Brumme
Faculty of Health Sciences
Simon Fraser University

Hosted by the LSI Trainees Joint Seminar Committee

January 2023

January 6, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“The cellular coup d’état executed by SARS-CoV2 proteases to escape autophagy and ISG innate defences”

Dr. Christopher Overall
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia
Department of Oral and Medical Sciences
Centre for Blood Research

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Rosin

January 13, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Cell and mechanobiology of asymmetric cell division”

Dr. Clemens Cabernard
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
University of Washington

Hosted by Dr. Kenji Sugioka

Zoom registration link: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Iofu6hqjopH9awsd6gBfzR3L50-uEBRcgz

January 27, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Assembly and function of RNA granules in germ cells”

Dr. Geraldine Seydoux
Huntington Sheldon Professor in Medical Discovery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Hosted by Dr. Kenji Sugioka

February 2023

February 3, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“tRNA-code: Resistance to all viruses.  Tropism-Code: Delivery  TF-code: Cell types”

Dr. George Church
Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Hosted by LSI Trainees Joint Seminar Committee

February 17, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3|

“Translational regulation in germline condensates”

Dr. Ruth Lehmann
Professor of Biology
Director, Whitehead Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hosted by Dr. Ethan Greenblatt

February 24, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Reciprocal gut/body signaling during intestinal heal and disease”

Dr. Julia Cordero

Professor of Systemic Signalling Biology (Therapeutic Science Research)
Senior Research Fellow, School of Cancer Sciences
University of Glasgow

Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth J. Rideout

March 2023

March 24, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Insights into mitochondrial vesicle formation and links to disease”

Dr. Heidi McBride
Department of neurology and neurosurgery
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in mitochondrial cell biology

Hosted by Dr. Hilla Weidberg

March 31, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC3 |

“Defining the molecular basis of how lipid signalling is dysregulated in human disease”

Dr. John Burke
Biochemistry and Microbiology
University of Victoria

Hosted by Dr. Calvin Yip

April 2023

April 28, 2023 | 3-4 pm | LSC1 |

“Targeting the Cell’s Stress Pathways for Therapeutic Benefit”

Dr. Peter Walter
Director of the Altos Bay Area Institute of Science
Distinguished Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California San Francisco

Hosted by Dr. Thibault Mayor